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VITOR ROQUE AND FERMÍN DID NOT PLAY

Xavi singled out for inexplicable substitutions to win over Napoli

Published:22/02/2024 - 00:51h

Updated:22/02/2024 - 04:12h

Barça's football was not the best on Wednesday in Naples, but they still showed that they could take a win from the Italian field, although Xavi's changes did not seem to go in the same direction

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The eliminatory of the Champions League are used to to be split very distinct to which can see in the phase of groups of the competition, and even of the five big leagues of Europe, so much to level of intensity, concentration and many times of strategy. With this last point in account, many times the trainers are used to to opt by a XI very strong not to do too many changes during the duel and like this not unfitting the system by which bet, although this Wednesday Xavi Hernández left the feeling that could have acted with a distinct reading to that.

If the egarense took into account that the best was to touch the eleven headline the less possible, clearly finished leaving happen the opportunity to close the triumph in Diego Armando Maradona in front of some Naples that showed why is in the middle of a crisis futbolística that has him in half table of the Series To. After the 0-1 of Lewandowski in the 60', the Barça was losing intensity and at the same time was unable to take advantage of with authority the spaces that the venues left in each opportunity that tried to achieve a tie that to the 75' finally found.

The Naples did not have problem in giving a hit on the table during the party

In fact, the new trainer of the napolitanos, with a pair of days in the charge, and highlighting that it already had been during several years in the club like second trainer, did not doubt in taking out to his two maximum stars of the field because like this it believed it necessary. In fact, had prepared the change of Simeone and kept it after the 1-1 and finish withdrawn to an Osimhen that finish to give him the equality in the marker.

In the meantime, Xavi had not moved the bench still and only gave entry to a Raphinha that asked minutes from a lot before, but did it sacrificing to a Lamine Yamal that certainly it was not participating too much, but that it was only one of the two forwards that there was in the field. Xavi preferred to keep his system of four mediocampistas after the tie, still when it was clear that the Barça deserved win by superiority of game and staff, but that win them seemed not being the necessary.

The changes of the Barça did not attain to cause impact in the party

The Brazilian went in to the field without another extreme to create danger, with a Lewandowski that no longer could take advantage of the spaces by tiredness and profile, while Vitor Roque saw everything from the band and without being called for ingresar. Already on the 86', really late for some, went that the egarense opted for going back to the 4-3-3 when doing ingresar to Joao Félix by Pedri, but did it also sending to Oriol Romeu to the field that already almost does not explain for him.

Xavi left clear his intention to keep a mediocentro of a really defensive profile when it also could opt by Fermín López to give dynamism to the midfield, trying that it could do societies with Joao and Raphinha, and only having to delay some metres in the field to Of Jong and Gündogan. The reading of the míster was clearly the one to warn a possible 2-1 and try, of a way something wary, win the party with cool legs, but saving two changes of way inexplicable.

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